LHC Turns Down Request to Re-Open YouTube in Pakistan
Lahore High Court has turned down a request to temporarily open YouTube in Pakistan, according to a report by ProPakistani.
While hearing a petition filed for re-opening of YouTube, the court asked the Ministry of Information Technology to tell on July 25 to how to block access to specific URLs, which are blasphemous in nature.
The video-sharing website has been blocked in Pakistan since September 17th 2012 following protests about a 14-minute trailer of the film Innocence of Muslims. Then prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had ordered the ban after YouTube denied to restrict access to the movie in Pakistan, as per the Pakistani government’s request.
Bytes For All, an NGO, moved the court in January seeking lifting of the ban.
A representatives of the information ministry stated that this was a sensitive issue and reopening the website could cause unrest in the whole country. However, a representative of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced that the authority would be able within the next four months to censor controversial and undesired stuff from websites as China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and U.A.E were doing.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah asked the Ministry to form a committee and invite suggestions from the public on how to block access to specific material.